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Curriculum Development in Nuclear Technology

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Curriculum and New Course Development in ET

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Engineering Technology

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Huiru Shih P.E. Jackson State University

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Dr. HuiRu Shih is a Professor of Technology at Jackson State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Dr. Shih is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi.

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Pao-Chiang Yuan Jackson State University

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Dr. Yuan received his Ph. D in Civil Engineering (Environmental/Water Resources Engineering) from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He has published 60+ abstracts and articles in journals and contributed chapters to four books. Dr. Yuan continues to serve as peer reviewer for state, private grant programs and different professional journals and magazines. He is a board member of USEPA Monitoring Group, Gulf of Mexico Program. He is also a council member of Mississippi Citizen Crops, Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. Dr. Yuan is the recipient, 2002 Outstanding Mentor of the Year, The Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi.2004 recipient of Recycler of the year, presented by Mississippi Recycling Coalition. Professor Yuan is the JSU/Hinds County/MDEQ Computer Recycling Program director and principle investigator, the program start from year of 2000 until now. The program received totally seven awards, the major one is USEPA Waste-Wise Program, partner of the year in 2004. Dr. Yuan received USEPA research grant research on Health Impact Study in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in East Biloxi Mississippi. Dr. Yuan received grant from US Department of Homeland Security to develop undergraduate program for Emergency Management(2010,2011,2014), US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Grant (2014) and also received grant from for training community emergency response team (CERT) from Mississippi office of homeland security. Dr. Yuan’s research has focus on promoting reducing the electronic waste in the waste stream, indoor air pollution, GIS application, groundwater modeling and emergency management. He is selected by Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) as outstanding professor of the year 2009. Dr. Yuan is the loyal member of ATMAE, Certified Senior Industrial Technologist (CSIT) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). Dr. Yuan served as an editor of International Journal of Environmental Engineering. He was president of Oversea Chinese Environmental Science and Engineering Association (2007).

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On March 11, 2011, the earthquake and tsunami caused a series of equipment failures and nuclear meltdowns that led to the release of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. This accident shocked a lot of people in the world, especially the people living in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant. There is one nuclear power plant (Grand Gulf Nuclear Station) located in Mississippi. The number of nuclear-related programs of higher learning has decreased in the last decade or so. However, the need for nuclear-related skilled personnel is increasing and will continue to do so, creating a gap in the supply and demand. The Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) program and Emergency Management Technology (EMT) program at Jackson State University (JSU) can introduce a unique opportunity to bring students into the nuclear profession. In 2014, Jackson State University received a grant from Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This NRC project can expand and improve those two programs to deal with nuclear technologies. Nuclear technology, emergency management, and hazardous materials management encompass a wide range of activities and are a multi-disciplinary endeavor. Faculty and programs collaboration is becoming increasingly necessary in the preparation of the future workforce. To further enhance programs, the Department of Technology at JSU made efforts to collaborate with other academic disciplines. The project is operated in cooperation with faculty from the Biological Sciences Department at Alcorn State University (ASU) and Environmental Health Department at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). The partnership among these three universities can improve and increase nuclear related education in Mississippi. We are developing two new courses (“Introduction to Nuclear Technology” and “Radiation, Preparedness and Exercise”) and a virtual reality training program, revising four existing courses (“Principle of Hazardous Materials Management” and “Risk Assessment” at JSU, “Radiation Safety and Health” at MVSU, and “Environmental Risk Assessment and Management” at ASU), as well as establishing a training laboratory over the two years of grant support. These efforts can promote and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in the nuclear field as well as ensure that they will better understand the problems of dealing with nuclear safety and problems related to nuclear emergency preparedness and response.

Shih, H., & Yuan, P. (2016, June), Curriculum Development in Nuclear Technology Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26625

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